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The Labyrinth of Solitude –
Yucatan, Mexico – Mérida and Chichen Itza
February 19–26 (7 nights)
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Paramo
Carlos Fuentes, Old Gringo
Octavio Paz – essay
Set between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula is a region forged by the fusion of Mayan,
traditional Mexican and Spanish influences. We will explore this unique and proud culture through guided and independent
excursions and in-depth discussions of some of Mexico’s most creative literature. In addition to leading our discussions, Toronto novelist Béa Gonzalez will give informal talks on various aspects of Mexican culture and history. Andrew Graham, a knowledgeable and experienced birder, will be on hand to guide birdwatching tours for those who are interested. While there we will also be introduced to all things Yucatecan by our spirited local guide, Braulio Rosales.
Our trip begins in the historic and artistic centre of the beautiful colonial city of Mérida, known as the “cultural capital of the Americas.” From Mérida we will take day trips to the magical town of Izamal and to the estuary at Celestún. We will also be spending one night at the Hacienda Chichen Resort in Chichen Itza where we will tour the spectacular Mayan ruins. In Mérida, we will visit the main attractions, take a Yucatecan cooking class and rejoice in the many cultural offerings of the city.
Béa Gonzalez is a Toronto-based writer. Her latest novel, The Mapmaker’s Opera is set mainly in the Yucatan, a region whose history and natural wonders have greatly inspired her. Béa will guide our walks, lead our discussions and give informal talks.
Mérida – Casa del Balam, 6 nights (first 2 and last 4 nights)
Chichen Itza – Hacienda Chichen Resort, 1 night
$480 Cdn – single supplement
$435 U.S. – single supplement
- ground transportation
- two meals a day
- daily discussion
- walking tours